What and who are America’s public lands for? We continue our monthly film series with a documentary that asks that question, and explores the precarious balance between enjoying and exploiting our shared spaces.
U.S. public lands are a uniquely American experiment. Everyone — hikers, campers, hunters, sightseers, anglers and ranchers alike — are invited to share 640 million acres of land. But they’re also managed for “multiple use,” which means that powerful extractive industries see in these lands stores of oil, gas, uranium and copper that can and should be unlocked. David Byars’ film Public Trust follows the journalist Hal Herring on his quest to better understand the conflict over public lands.
- David Byars, documentary director of “No Man’s Land” (2017) and “Public Trust” (2020).
- Hal Herring, journalist and contributing editor at Field and Stream magazine.
To participate in Through the Lens, our monthly film series with the Utah Film Center, join us Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m., for a live online screening of Public Trust, followed by a Q&A with director David Byars. Go to www.utahfilmcenter.org for the link.
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